Update from DATCP Regarding Potential “Federal Crop Registry” Scam
Jeff Storch | 04.02.18
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) issued a release March 30, 2018, regarding recent telephone calls about supposed grants from the “Federal Crop Registry.” Call recipients are left a message with a phone number to call and are told they have three days to respond to the offer.
DATCP indicates this appears to be a scam, due to the following:
- There is no “Federal Crop Registry” program.
- The number listed in the message is no longer in service.
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will not call you and offer grant money. While the USDA does provide grants, you must apply for them in writing (typically online).
DATCP indicates that this may be a scam to obtain your checking account information and instructs that if you receive a “Federal Crop Registry” message, do not respond.
For more information on grant scams, review DATCP’s Government Grant Scams fact sheet.
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